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Posted: May 12, 2014 7:46 AM

Updated: May 12, 2014 7:46 AM

PARIS (AP) Europe's top human rights court has ordered Turkey to pay 90 million euros ($123 million) to Cyprus over the 1974 invasion of the island and its subsequent division.

Monday's judgment, among the largest ever ordered by the European Court of Human Rights, ordered Turkey to pay 30 million euros in damages to relatives of those missing in the operations and 60 million euros in damages for "the enclaved Greek-Cypriot residents of the Karpas peninsula."

Cyprus has been divided since Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state that was proclaimed in the north of the island.

The judgement comes as the Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities are engaged in a new effort to reunite the island.

Topics: Turkey-Cyprus

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